Western Hills Garden
Volunteer News

The volunteer effort saved the garden during foreclosure and helped with clearing paths and weeds during the initial change in ownership in 2010–2011. Since then, the installation of an automatic irrigation system and consistent effort by a paid gardening staff have brought the garden back to life without a lot of volunteer help. What the garden needs now are skilled volunteers to help us make the next move to restore the garden as a horticultural destination. This means helping to identify plants, pruning the rarer plants, propagation, bringing in new cultivars, and advancing the educational goals of the garden by making it more accessible to the public. We are especially looking for “docent” volunteers who can spend time with visitors. Please identify yourself to Chris (Chris@WesternHillsGarden.com) if you would like to assist in this phase.

Thank you, Volunteers!

4 at the gate of Western Hills
Chris, Tim, Paul, and Sue mark opening day.

wrought iron gazebo installation
Volunteers Jude, Helen, and Mary help Chris install
the new gazebo in the meadow.

Western Hills glass house, 2012
Paul surrounded by the
glass house renovation project.

WH group visits Quarry Hill
Reciprocal visits with Quarry Hill Botanical Garden
were fun for all. Sue and Paul, Helen and Dan,
and Chris are talking with the docent at
the Chinese Pavilion (“Ting”) at Quarry Hill.

Western Hills supportive neighbors
Neighbors, including Mary and Steve,
provide important volunteer support to the garden.

Helen in the Shade House
Helen has been a huge help with propagation.

Compost King!
Dick and wife Mary have won “Blue Ribbons”
for their Western Hills compost.

Janet is ready to help
Janet volunteers and staffs the kiosk
on open Saturdays.

Jonnie and grandson
The memory of Jonnie lives in her Iris.

ready to sample pond water
Judy, our intrepid website creator,
and husband Mark are off with Chris
to help take pond water samples.

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Western Hills Garden, 16250 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental CA 95465